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JONES , DAVID ( 1803 - 1868 ), ballad-writer and strolling ballad-singer ;

b. in 1803 on the estate of Dolau Bach , Llanybyther, Carms. , son of David Jones , carpenter . He was blinded by accident, and was hence known as ‘ Dewi Dywyll ’ (‘ Blind Davy ’) — he was also called ‘ Dewi Medi .’ He was a very well known singer throughout Wales , and is described in Cymru (O.M.E.) , xxix, 158. He d. at Lampeter in 1868 . We have seventy of his ballads.

Sources:

  • B. B. Thomas , Baledi Morgannwg (1951) , 118 (and ballad xiii);
  • list of his ballads in Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , vii, 55-60, 85, viii, 104.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959